Richard Hell
Richard Hell
Richard Hell is a singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, and writer. Richard Hell was an innovator of punk music and fashion. He was one of the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins.
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ArtsBeat: Pussy Riot Releases ‘I Can’t Breathe,’ a Protest Song for Eric Garner
NYTimes - about 2 years
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova worked with Richard Hell, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow.
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My Most Embarrassing CBGB Moment: I Piss Off Johnny Rotten!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Next week, I'm gonna be moderating a panel during the CBGB Festival called "The Good Stories." I believe the idea is to enlighten festival-attendees to the even-better-reality of CBGB, as opposed to the fun fairy tale that is the about-to-be-released film, "CBGB - The Movie." In light of this impending hoopla about 315 The Bowery, I thought we'd revisit a night at CBGB that ranks as one of the great Rock 'n' Roll Faux Pas Moments, perp-ed by yours truly... Here's the story... Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan had left the New York Dolls in 1975 to start the Heartbreakers (two years before us New Yorkers heard that buck-toothed blond fella from Florida... the truth being that J & J, having seen his band in Florida, the week they left the Dolls, stole the name for Tom Petty, not there other way around, as we NYC-ers so wanted to believe). One night, to my mild shock, Johnny called me at home, announcing...  "Hey, Binky, it's JT Asparagus. ['Who?!'] It's me, Johnny! Me and Jerry ...
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Conversations with John Fogerty, Marky Ramone, Tom Odell and The Sadies' Dallas Good, Plus Slowriter's "Omen" Exclusive
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with John Fogerty Mike Ragogna: Hey John, how are you? John Fogerty: I'm good Michael, how are you? MR: I'm pretty good. This looks like the year of John Fogerty, what the heck is happening? JF: [laughs] That's funny. I'm just staying busy, I guess. MR: You are staying busy, sir. You have a major tour schedule, kicking off part of at the Nokia Theatre in LA. You're focusing performing full Creedence albums in addition to your own. Where did the idea came from to perform the Creedence catalog? JF: Doing the old albums probably came from my wife. The idea is to play the entire album from first cut side one to last cut side two, which is interesting to even think about in this day and age. You know how nowadays, things come through the ether. The idea of trying to explain to somebody that there was one side and another side, they'd probably just stand there with their eyes glazing over. So it sort of focuses on that group of songs and it's a concept of a place to go ...
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Steven Rosen: Should Richard Hell Be in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
So far, this has been a hell of a year for Punk. By that, I mean it's been a great year for recognizing the formative influence that Richard Hell, now 63, has had on Punk -- and, by extension, all Rock & Roll and pop culture that has followed in its aggressive, assertive, rebellious wake. Hell just published a literary, frank, edgy autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, that has earned comparisons to Patti Smith's Just Kids. It tells how the roots of his restless disaffection with society, his hell-raising personal conduct and his interest in the arts (and Rock music) all began while growing up as Richard Meyers in Lexington, Ky. His dad, who died when Hell was just 7, was an experimental psychologist at the University of Kentucky. Hell can also claim a very important role in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new blockbuster fashion exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture. His impact on the creation of 1970s-era New York Punk is represented in the very f ...
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Shaun Johnson: It Makes Me Wonder Why All the Amateurs Have Come to Education
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I'm a little late to this party. I was clued into this 2012 video of a Kennedy Center Honor's performance of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." I'm not normally sentimental about videos that get passed around. Perhaps the stakes were higher because the late John Bonham's son made a surprise performance on drums. Surviving members of the band, watching from the balcony, were noticeably emotional about the performance. The viewer could not help feeling a little bit of that as well. The performance itself was unbelievable. Here you had musicians and artists in a moment of perfection, watched by the elder creators of a nearly perfect masterpiece in song that has affected generations, and more to come. I then imagined of all the amateur wannabes who think that sitting in line outside a basketball arena in Wichita for two hours, belting out an awful cover of Whitney Houston, makes them an artist. Perhaps not for musical legends like Led Zeppelin, but it must be annoying fo ...
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'Like A Television Tune With A Rick Springfield Refrain'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The Virgins, "Strike Gently" (Cult Records/Frenchkiss Label Group) The best thing about the New York quartet The Virgins is Donald Cummings' adept angular guitar playing. In spots it's pleasantly reminiscent of Richard Hell's inventive work in Television, or even the David Byrne/Jerry Harrison combination in Talking Heads – and it's clear there's a post-punk New York aesthetic that The Virgins are mining. It is, after all, their hometown. "Strike Gently" is their second full-length effort, and it is considerably more down-tempo than their 2008 debut. Much of the sexy dance beats from the first record have been shelved in favor of slower attempts at contemplative songs like "The Beggar" or "Amelia." Cummings sings in an Iggy-esque basso that has a little too much reverb, or doubling effect, in places, and isn't nearly as captivating. The verses with the sharp and often ornamental guitar licks unfortunately devolve into the most banal of choruses – like a Televis ...
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Sanjay Sanghoee: Fantasy Cliff: Debunking the Biggest Myths About the Bush Tax Cuts and the Rich
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Over the past few weeks there has been plenty of posturing by both Republicans and Democrats on the issue of the fiscal cliff, an unholy basket of spending cuts and tax hikes slated to go into effect in 2013, but no amount of posturing by our politicians can compare to the hand-wringing by wealthy Americans over the issue of higher taxes for them (or more accurately, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, which they have enjoyed for a while now.) I can certainly understand the anxiety of the rich but it's hard to sympathize with them -- not because they have a lot of money but because the arguments they put forward are not based in fact but in the best spin that their wealth can buy, and because they reveal a hidden agenda that is blatantly un-American and which can have deadly consequences for our fragile economy. Here are the three biggest claims made by the rich as well as an explanation of why they are wrong. Myth #1: The Rich Pay an Excessive Amount in Taxes While ...
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The new digital and video release from Marty Thau’s Red Star is the hilarious ‘Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead,’ by Lola Dutronic
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
facebook.com/richard.citroen.9 Marty Thau, the Roanoke resident whose past life was deeply intertwined with the New York Dolls, the Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell and more, is still doing cool stuff in the music business. His revived Red Star label, which deals with digital music, has released a video for the earwormy Lola Dutronic song, “Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead,” which demystifies several rockers — John Lennon, Side Vicious, Amy Winehouse (but not Whitney Houston) — whose legends have lingered even stronger since their untimely deaths. Choice lines regarding Nick Drake: “Here’s the story of a little boy named Nicky/Sang sweeter than the honey in the hives/But now he’s gone/We all play his songs/Too bad no one cared when he was alive.” Hell, I didn’t know about him till after the Volkswagen commercial — that’s how uncool I am. And the tune, to be released for digital download in the fall with the album “Everybody’s A Star,” has quite the guest cast. Members of Tom ...
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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins to play CBGB movie’s Iggy Pop
Blast Magazine - over 4 years
Drummer Taylor Hawkins’ penchant for onstage chest-baring  has apparently come in handy: the wiry, blond-haired Foo Fighter (whose acting skills are showcased in many of the group’s  music videos) has been reportedly cast in the upcoming movie about the legendary New York club as – who else? – Iggy Pop. Malin Ackerman (The Proposal) has also reportedly joined on, taking on the role of Blondie’s Debbie Harry alongside (Sting’s daughter) Mickey Sumner’s Patti Smith and John Galecki, of The Big Bang Theory fame, as manager Terry Ork. Hawkins and Akerman are the latest in a myriad of actors whose roles in the flick – which tells the story of CBGB’s history and its late owner Hilly Kristal –  were announced in recent weeks. Other new additions to the cast include: Peter Vack (I Just Want My Pants Back) as Legs McNeil; Steven Schub (Chicago 8) as Dee Dee Ramone;  Evan Alex Cole (She’s Out of My League) as Richard Hell; and Kerry Bische (Red State) as Mary Harron. Previously confir ...
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Write On - Mark Stewart
Clash - almost 5 years
“I see ideas and ideals as kind of viral contagions which are transmitted/mutate through contact/our syntactic memory banks continually hyperlinking between this and the other. The working title of this project/my new album was ‘Fountains’, and I was riffing on that concept of memes and tropes of infectious idealism or idealism as infection. It’s been my amazing good fortune through life to hang out with some amazing people big and small. From taking high tea with Sun Ra to debating ‘the apocalypse’ with Allen Ginsberg, and for this hors d’oeuvres I have assembled a fascinating freak circus with me cast as ringmaster/master of ceremonies - at times I felt like I was directing The Wizard Of Oz on mescaline, like those idiot savants who absorb whole pieces of music on a single hearing, composers who hallucinate entire compositions, psychics who take dictation from long dead writers, or victims of brain damage who can move only when they hear music. Me and Kenneth Anger bon ...
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Understanding Hipster Racism: Lester Bangs' 1979 "White Noise Supremacists"
Color Lines - almost 5 years
Lindy West's piece at Jezebel this week, "A Complete Guide To Hipster Racism," has been blowing up my Facebook wall (and probably yours too) for good reason. As justice-minded folks have critiqued HBO's 'Girls' for its lily-white representation of New York City, the pushback to the pushback has gotten ugly fast -- whether it's show story editor Lesley Arfin making jokes about Precious, or Vice founder (and old-school hipster racist) Gavin McInnes knowingly throwing the word 'lynching' around. At the core of every statement defending the whiteness of 'Girls,' and the 'ironically' racist jokes that accompany it, is the argument that only bad people are susceptible to racism, so therefore it's okay for us good people to pretend to be racist, for comedy's sake. Anyone who doesn't like it is the real racist. There's a bunch wrong with this argument, both in terms of logic and basic decency, and West does an excellent job of debunking it piece by piece. But why is h ...
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In Brooklyn, Drawing a 'Blank'
Wall Street Journal - almost 5 years
Ex-Voidoids frontman Richard Hell, leader of the 'Blank Generation,' lends his wit to a revered film by Robert Bresson at BAM.
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‘New Rich’ Help Luxury Goods Industry Set Sales Records
The Inquisitor - about 5 years
Unemployment rates remain high in many parts of the world while entire countries including Italy, Greece and others continue to cut costs to save themselves from financial ruin, however while the global economy is in bad shape that hasn’t stopped luxury goods producers from making record sales. According to the Wall Street Journal new millionaires and billionaires, especially from third world countries spent 2011 picking up items from Prada (33.1% increase in sales), Hermes (18%) and LVMH (20% increase). In the meantime luxury division PPR, owner of Gucci saw sales increase by Sales have been so successful for PPR that the company plans to open 110 new stores in 2012 and half of those locations will be featured in Asia where new millionaires and billionaires are popping up each day. According to PPR’s CEO: “We’re lucky to be operating in a segment that has become very international. There’s structural growth in Asian markets, and it’s a certainty that for the next 10 years i ...
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Angora Holly Polo: Denver Does CBGB's: SAUNA on Richard Hell & the Voidoids
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Denver bands are bringing the Hi-Dive back to CBGB's in the mid-seventies, as they're covering iconic bands that played the legendary venue. We caught up with the Denver's SAUNA, to talk about covering <a class="fplink fp-231845" href="/richard+hell">Richard Hell</a> &amp; the Voidoids.
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Richard Hell working on memoir
Yahoo News - over 5 years
Punk pioneer <a class="fplink fp-231845" href="/richard+hell">Richard Hell</a> has joined the wave of rock memoirists.
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New 'Greetings from Tim Buckley' set photos featuring Penn Badgley - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
In recent casting news, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello has been cast as punk rock legend Richard Hell. Hell does have a real life connection to the time featured in the film. He played at the Tim Buckley himself. Frank Wood has also joined the cast that
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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': A Short History of Being Radical - ComicsAlliance
Google News - over 5 years
Hernandez, but the New York punk of CBGB&#39;s, the Ramones, and Richard Hell. There was a real dirt and grit to the stories; Frank Miller might have been spinning tales of the grimier side of New York in the pages of Daredevil, but only rarely did he
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Go Go Thurston - Ottawa Citizen (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
One of my fave records from him was a collaboration with first-wave punk singer Richard Hell, called Dim Stars. So far, the stage has drums, guitar amps, and a harp. Yes. A big harp. Wish us luck…I suspect this will be a good one (don&#39;t want to get
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Hell
    FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    Also in 2009, Hell gave his blessing to the public access program Pancake Mountain to create an animated music video for "The Kid with the Replaceable Head".
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  • 2005
    Age 55
    His second novel, Godlike, was published in 2005 by Akashic Books as part of Dennis Cooper's Little House on the Bowery Series.
    More Details Hide Details All three books were highly praised. Also published in 2005 was Rabbit Duck, a book of 13 poems written in collaboration with David Shapiro. Hell's nonfiction has been widely anthologized as well, including a number of appearances in "best music writing" collections.
    The cut used for the animation appears on Hell's 2005 retrospective album, Spurts, The Richard Hell Story.
    More Details Hide Details Hell's only other album release was as part of the band Dim Stars, for which he came out of retirement for a month in the early 1990s. Dim Stars featured guitarist Thurston Moore and drummer Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth, Gumball's guitarist Don Fleming, and Quine. They formed only to record the one album and one EP, both titled Dim Stars, and played one show in public, a WFMU benefit at the The Ritz in Manhattan. Hell played bass, sang lead vocals and wrote the lyrics for the album.
  • 2004
    Age 54
    He was the film critic for BlackBook magazine from 2004 to 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Richard Hell grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, in the 1950s. His father, a secular Jew, was an experimental psychologist, researching animal behavior. He died when Hell was 7 years old. Hell was then raised by his mother, who came from Methodists of Welsh and English ancestry. After her husband's death, she returned to school and eventually became a professor. Hell attended the Sanford School in Delaware for one year, where he became friends with Tom Miller, who later changed his name to Tom Verlaine. They ran away from school together and were arrested in Alabama for arson and vandalism a short time later. Hell never finished high school, instead moving to New York City to make his way as a poet. In New York he met fellow young poet David Giannini, and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico for several months, where Giannini and Meyers co-founded "Genesis:Grasp". They used an AM VariTyper with changeable fonts to publish the magazine.
  • 2003
    Age 53
    Hell's archive of his manuscripts, tapes, correspondence (written and email), journals, and other documents of his life was purchased for $50,000 by New York University's Fales Library in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Hell has appeared in several low-budget films, most notably Susan Seidelman's Smithereens. (Other acting appearances include Uli Lommell's Blank Generation, Nick Zedd's Geek Maggot Bingo, Rachel Amadeo's What About Me? and Rachid Kerdouche's Final Reward. Hell had a non-speaking cameo role as Madonna's murdered boyfriend in Susan Seidelman's 1985 Desperately Seeking Susan.)
  • 2002
    Age 52
    Hell married Sheelagh Bevan in 2002.
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  • 2001
    Age 51
    He released a collection of short pieces (poems, essays and drawings) called Hot and Cold in 2001.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 46
    In 1996, Hell wrote a novel, Go Now, drawn largely from his own experiences.
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    Hell also co-wrote and sang lead vocals on the song "Never Mind" by The Heads, a 1996 collaborative effort between three former members of Talking Heads.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 35
    Hell was married to Scandal's Patty Smyth for two years during 1985–86, and they had a daughter, Ruby.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 26
    In early 1976, Hell quit The Heartbreakers and started Richard Hell and the Voidoids with Robert Quine, Ivan Julian and Marc Bell.
    More Details Hide Details The band released two albums, though the second, Destiny Street, retained only Quine from the original group, with Naux (Juan Maciel) on guitar and Fred Maher on drums, and suffered from Hell's distractions, narcotics especially, during recording. Hell's best known songs with the Voidoids included "Blank Generation", "Love Comes in Spurts", "The Kid With the Replaceable Head" and "Time". In 2009, the guitar tracks on Destiny Street were re-recorded and released as Destiny Street Repaired, with guitarists Julian, Marc Ribot and Bill Frisell playing with the original rhythm tracks.
  • 1975
    Age 25
    Hell started playing his punk rock anthem "Blank Generation" during his time in Television. In early 1975, Hell parted ways with Television after a dispute over creative control.
    More Details Hide Details Hell claimed that he and Verlaine had originally divided the songwriting evenly but that later Verlaine sometimes refused to play Hell's songs. Verlaine remained silent on the subject. Hell left Television the same week that Jerry Nolan and Johnny Thunders quit the New York Dolls. In May 1975, the three of them formed The Heartbreakers; not to be confused with Tom Petty's band, which adopted the same name the following year. After one show, Walter Lure joined The Heartbreakers as a second guitarist.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    In 1972, Verlaine joined Hell in New York and formed the Neon Boys.
    More Details Hide Details In 1974, the band added a second guitarist, Richard Lloyd, and changed their name to Television. Television's performances at CBGB helped kick-start the first wave of punk bands, inspiring a number of different artists including Patti Smith, who wrote the first press review of Television for the Soho Weekly News in June 1974. She formed a highly successful band of her own, The Patti Smith Group. Television was one of the early bands to play at CBGB because their manager, Terry Ork, persuaded owner Hilly Kristal to book them to alongside the Ramones. They also built the club's first stage.
  • 1971
    Age 21
    In 1971, along with Verlaine, Hell also published under the pseudonym Theresa Stern, a fictional poet whose photo was actually a combination of both his and Verlaine's faces in drag, superimposed over one another to create a new identity.
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    They began publishing books and magazines, but decided to go their separate ways in 1971, after which Hell created and published Dot Books.
    More Details Hide Details Before he was 21, his own poems were published in numerous periodicals, ranging from Rolling Stone to the New Directions Annuals.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on October 2, 1949.
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